Health Advice



Surgery and Birthdays Don't Mix

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Phobia of the week

Amaxophobia: fear of riding inside a car

Best Medicine

The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.


"Psychoanalysis is the disease it purports to cure." -- Austrian writer Karl Kraus (1874-1936)


Medical History

This week in 1984, Britain's first test-tube triplets were born: a girl and two boys.

Food for Thought

Manufactured cellulose, typically made from wood pulp, is used as a thickener and stabilizer to prevent processed foods from clumping or crystalizing. Also identified as cellulose gum or gel, it's found in "diet" foods, shredded cheese and frosting. It's an insoluble fiber that contains no calories and passes straight through the digestive system. There are naturally occurring types of edible cellulose, such as broccoli stalks and celery.


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